(VitalNews.org) – It has been reported that conservationists were able to observe a spider monkey’s birth in the wild. This is the first ever documented spider monkey birth.
The tiny baby spider monkey who was born on January 22 was named Anku and was born in the Choco, which is a tropical forest in northwest Ecuador. The birth documented was quite a surprise as it’s the first spider monkey birth recorded and also the circumstances were not ideal. Anku sat in a tree after being born that was 50 feet up off the ground and was hanging from his umbilical cord.
Many of the researchers who were there to capture the moment of this birth were worried about the little guy falling from the tree since he was hanging from such a height. “But fortunately it didn’t happen. Unbelievable, in the end,” said Felipe Alfonso-Cortes who is one of the co-founders of the Proyecto Washu conservation group.
Being able to witness a spider monkey’s birth is extremely rare because they usually only happen at night. Alfonso said that they have been studying the group for 10 years now and this is the first birth they’ve been able to witness.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species, Brown-headed spider monkeys are endangered. The researchers were particularly surprised by the birth because the mother, Arawi, hadn’t given birth in 8 years and she is believed to be quite old, around 25 years old, so they didn’t expect her to give birth again.
Experts say that the main problem that spider monkeys are facing and the reason they are endangered is due mostly to human activity. They stay in the tree away from predators and tree farming by humans has taken away their habitats leading to massive effects on the species.
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